The ultimate success of any IT initiative often rests on the project manager’s shoulders. As the point person, the project manager not only has to make sure that team members, customers, and stakeholders get project information when required but he or she must also facilitate the sharing of that information among the team members.
Clear, pertinent communication is the key to making sure the vital project details get into the right hands at the right time. Although it may sound easy to do, looming deadlines and other project-related issues can thwart even the best communication intentions.
That’s why experts advise creating a detailed approach so that communication doesn’t slow or stop in the project process. Make sure you've got your bases covered by downloading this communication plan from project management guru and TechRepublic columnist Tom Mochal.
This plan, according to Mochal, can help establish an efficient and effective communication methodology for status data and project information. Effective communication, explains Mochal, means providing information in the right format, at the right time, and with the right impact.
More project management downloads
The following project management downloads are also available from TechRepublic:
- "Basic IT forms to keep your projects on track": Make your IT project proposals clear by putting them in writing. According to TechRepublic columnist Andy Weeks, such documentation doesn't have to be complex. Check out his simple project management forms to keep your projects running smoothly.
- "Project change request form": Submitted by TechRepublic member Jack Kurek, this change request form defines the proposed project change and describes how it could affect scheduling, budgeting, and other projects. Download this Microsoft Word form to help you control scope creep.
- "Project management best practices": Tom Mochal provides insight and guidance on building best practices for future project efforts.
- "Issue submission form": This submission form is designed to help project managers capture, screen, prioritize, and evaluate issues. Tom Mochal, who serves as a mentor to project managers, created the form.
Share your project management best practices
Do you use a special template or organizational approach when mapping out projects? Send them to TechRepublic, and we’ll share them with our members.